Ford Motor Co. continues to hold the lid on the specifics of its ’06 Explorer SUV, even as the launch date for the mid-cycle freshening is only about two months away. The updated Explorer goes into production July 18 alongside a freshened Mercury Mountaineer at Ford’s Louisville, KY, SUV plant. Job One at the St. Louis Explorer/Mountaineer plant is slated for Aug. 14. Ford officials promise an upgraded V-8, a 6-speed transmission, exterior freshening and an interior much like the F-150 ...

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